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Covid - Antigen test only for travel UK to CH

Hi All,

according to FOPH website, it is apparently acceptable to have only a rapid (antigen) test to board a plane & enter Switzerland. However, in the scenario where only an antigen test has been done, a follow up test would be required in CH within 72 hours of arrival.

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...tml#1558231594

Has anyone actually done this? Specifically for travelling Gatwick-> Geneva with Easyjet.

The rules appear quite subtle & not sure Easyjet can be relied on...

Thanks!
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Re: Covid - Antigen test only for travel UK to CH

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Hi All,

according to FOPH website, it is apparently acceptable to have only a rapid (antigen) test to board a plane & enter Switzerland. However, in the scenario where only an antigen test has been done, a follow up test would be required in CH within 72 hours of arrival.

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...tml#1558231594
Those rules make it appear that you can take a cheap quick test and then take your chances on whether you get checked at the airport potentially avoiding the cost of a PCR test.
A few weeks ago I read up and it seemed you could only use a quick test if you could show there was no opportunity to obtain a PCR test in time for travel.

Other than checking witht he airline, check with the airport you'll be arriving into. Basel certainly used to say that you needed to have a negative PCR test.
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Re: Covid - Antigen test only for travel UK to CH

2 things, the rapid antigen test has to be done in the last 24 hours not 72 hours. If you board with antigen test you have to have a further test once you get to Switzerland. So I donít see the point unless itís not possible to get a PCR before travel.

ď 2. Swiss border control: Customs in the airportís transit zone check the negative test result on a random basis. For this control, a result brought from the following test is permissible:

A PCR test carried out within the last 72 hours
If you are checked and are unable to show proof of a negative PCR test result because you took a rapid antigen test for boarding, you must get tested again in Switzerland. Take a PCR or rapid antigen test as quickly as possible. Should this test be positive, you must immediately go into isolation.Ē
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Re: Covid - Antigen test only for travel UK to CH

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Hi All,

according to FOPH website, it is apparently acceptable to have only a rapid (antigen) test to board a plane & enter Switzerland. However, in the scenario where only an antigen test has been done, a follow up test would be required in CH within 72 hours of arrival.

https://www.bag.admin.ch/bag/en/home...tml#1558231594

Has anyone actually done this? Specifically for travelling Gatwick-> Geneva with Easyjet.

The rules appear quite subtle & not sure Easyjet can be relied on...

Thanks!
The best possibility is to fill in a "self declaration" where you say you couldn't do the test from whatever reason. Link. Just scroll down and find the English form.

Not many people do it, so you might have to give explanations when asked.
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